Kia Flow continues her quest to speak her words and learn from the “ways of the world.” As a native of Jacksonville FL she admits she's no stranger to hard times and selfish mistakes. It was poetry that lifted her veil to sharpen her perspective and allow her to reflect in depth. In a short period of time Kia Flow started to make a name for herself in the local poetry community. She began exploring the world of entertainment by being provided the platform to host a local open mic What's the Word Wednesdays at the FLA Riders Club. There she was able to hone in on her improv skills and ability to bring laughter to even the smallest of crowds. After that she began to become requested for more features, benefits, mini concerts and discussion topic shows; which landed her a gig with Under Da Scope Ent as the host of Venus Versus Mars The Open Dialogue to Intimacy. The show focused on relationships and romance and was filled with controversial questions, arguments but most importantly, laughter.
Acting has always been the second nature of Ms Flow, so there was no surprise that she would get her “feet wet” in theater. She landed a role on bLackWomanDynamikReBorn written and produced by Jana Bradley. Kia Flow also began to take her works on the road making her presence known outside of Jacksonville, performing anywhere from Orlando, Miami, Tampa and Gainesville FL to St Louis MO, Mobile AL and Atlanta GA to name a few. She participated in the 2012 Savannah Urban Arts Fest and simultaneously released her EP Just Use it as a Coaster that included 5 tracks that she actually wanted you to listen to!
In 2013 Kia Flow released her mini web series Going with the Flow on YouTube. Its a humorous comedy about her and her fellow artist friends daily whimsical situations. The series was produced by ZoCode Films and directed by Kia Flow. That year she also was inducted into Black on Black Rhyme Jacksonville and she relocated to Charlotte continuing to make her name reign through the poetry community there. She was honored to be requested by Georgia ME to perform at her annual Tamika Fest in 2014 and was requested to perform for Charlotte's YWCA Stand Against Racism Rally that same year as well as 2015.
Poetry competitions peeked her interest once she moved to NC and she gives credit to the art form for sharpening her performance skills and silencing her stage fright. She's competed in Soul Sista Slam CLT and Spartanburg, Bull City Slam, Asheville NC Slam, Respect Da Mic, SlamCharlotte and Queen of the South Slam to name a few. Kia has competed at Southern Fried Poetry Slam since 2015 in Little Rock Arkansas to Fayetteville NC in 2019 always ranking in the top 40 with the exception of 2017 in Louisville KY where she ranked 14th place. She also became the first person to represent SlamCharlotte for both WOWPS (Women of the World Poetry Slam) Dallas TX, and iWPS (Individual World Poetry Slam) San Diego CA in a single season, where she also ranked in the top 40. In 2018 she and her team SlamCharlotte brought home the victory for the National Poetry Slam Competition in Chicago.
BUT WAIT! THERE'S MORE! Kia also has been a radio personality on a BlogTalk including her own show Going with the Flow Radio Show. She's also a closet singer that has decided to face her fears and sings whenever she has a band or when her spirit leads her to. She wrote the closing song to her first stage play titled "I Survived" and has had the opportunity to sing background for Christopher Williams, as well as open up for Angie Stone and K Michelle.
In April of 2019 Kia Flow was awarded the Poet of Influence award by The Jax Poetry Fest. It was recognition for all of the hard work she has done in the name of poetry from her hometown Jacksonville, FL.
What's next for Kia Flow? You can find her featuring around the country and she is also promoting her book "As the Flow Goes" released in 2018 and her first one woman stage play "Finding my Flow" released in 2019 which was written, directed and performed all by her. She gives special thanks to BOOM and Nuyorican Poets Cafe for giving her the platform to share her work!
Donating her time to various college programs, youth/adult shelters/programs and facilitating poetry workshops is the way Kia chooses to give back to poetry. Besides that, there's no telling where you will find The Flow next!
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Louis, Katrina; Q City Metro; From parenthood to eroticism: 5 spoken-word artists showcasing Charlotte’s poetry scene; https://qcitymetro.com/2018/09/21/5-spoken-word-artists-showcasing-charlotte-poetry-scene/
Mahoney, Ashley; The Charlotte Post; Fine rhymes: Troupe earns first spoken-word title since 2008 Slam Charlotte take third national championship; http://www.thecharlottepost.com/news/2018/09/06/arts-and-entertainment/fine-rhymes-troupe-earns-first-spoken-word-title-since-2008/
Bertrand, Liz Rothaus; Blumenthal Performing Arts; Three-Time National Champs, SlamCharlotte, To perform Friday night at McGlohon Theatre; https://www.blumenthalarts.org/about-us/news/detail/three-time-national-champs-slamcharlotte-to-perform-this-friday-night-at-mcglohon-theatre
WCNC Staff; Charlotte’s three day music and art festival; https://www.wcnc.com/article/entertainment/television/charlotte-today/charlottes-three-day-music-and-art-festival/275-30a33cd7-9c89-4267-818c-06c56ee05b87
Davis, Angelle; NToU Magazine; The Evolving Transformation; https://www.sonicbids.com/band/kia-flow/
Legett, Page; Charlot is Creative; Poetry At Work: Three Charlotte Poets Share Ideas On How To Celebrate;
Kia Flow; As the Flow Goes; March, 2018
Kia Flow; Just Use It As A Coaster; March, 2012
Speaker William M Raines c/o 2004 10 Year Class Reunion
Speaker Kingstree Senior High school
Workshop Facilitator New Danger Artist Retreat at Azule
Workshop Facilitator Girls Inc; Topic “Writing out your Dreams”
Speaker Saluda Trail Middle School
Workshop Facilitator Soul Speaks @ UNCC;
Speaker UHaul 24 Donation Drive @ UNCC
Workshop Facilitator Plaza Midwood Public Library;
Panelist/Speaker Covenant Presbyterian Church
Speaker Johnson and Wales School of Culinary Arts
STEAM Classroom Asst. Bright Stars Academy
Poetry Instructor Bright Stars Academy